Early on in the second half of Saturday afternoonâ€™s game against Plainville, it looked like the Southington boys soccer team was in prime position to pull off an upset and erect another notable pillar in its rebuild process.
Locked in a scoreless tie with the Blue Devils, the Blue Knights were on the consistent attack, generating a number of chances and knocking on the door for the gameâ€™s first goal. But one miscommunication quickly changed the outlook of what became a 2-0 loss to one of the stateâ€™s best in Plainville.
A breakdown on the defensive end for Southington with 13:38 left in the game turned into a failed clear attempt and an open chance for the Blue Devilsâ€™ Austin Lausier, who put home the would-be game-winner and keep the Blue Devils rolling in the shortened season.
Despite the deflating goal, the Blue Knights continued to battle, and nearly found the equalizer shortly after Lausierâ€™s tally when Liam Schroeder found an opening, but his shot sailed above the crossbar. Plainville responded by putting the game away four minutes later when a Blue Knightsâ€™ giveaway at midfield turned into a chance for Trevor Rau, who broke to the net and put the insurance goal home to give the Blue Devils the 2-0 victory.
Ryan Lunn stopped two shots for Southington, while Nathan Masco made two saves of his own on the other end for Plainville.
The Blue Devils, winners of two straight after losing two in a row, will meet Farmington on the road on Monday, looking to avenge what was the teamâ€™s first loss of the season back on Oct. 19. The Blue Knights are back in action on Tuesday afternoon, traveling to Avon before coming home to close out the regular season against Farmington on Thursday.